It is real pleasure to be writing this short letter of introduction to all of you. My name is René Perez, and I am your new pastor as of July 1, 2022. As I begin my time and ministry with you, I look forward to the many possibilities God has in store for us, and for the extended community of Falmouth.
As you may or may not know, I served the Trinity UM congregation in Springfield, MA since 2019 until last month, right after leaving my 8-year appointment as district superintendent of the Central MA district. Prior to that, I served the Lititz UM church in Lancaster County, PA. In 2000, I was also appointed to serve as Director of Church Multiplication and Ethnic and Latino ministries in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and earlier on, together with my wife Wanda, we both served as co-pastors for 8 years in Philadelphia, PA.
Wanda and I have three amazing kids, Kayla, Isaias and Ezekiel. After college, Kayla got married and now lives with her husband Nate. Isaias, our middle child, graduated from the Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in NYC and hopes to become an actor. Ezekiel, the youngest, graduated from college this year. Last but not least, we have a dog named Jasper, who is about 12 years old.
I look forward to getting to know each of you, and growing together in our faith in Christ.
Hannah Stelter, Director of Children & Youth Ministries
Hannah Stelter grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and graduated in Spring 2020 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability. After discovering her love of working with children and youth, Hannah minored in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Hannah grew up in the Methodist Church and attended Youth Group, Sunday School, Bible Studies, Mission Trips and more while in the youth program.
During the summers while in college, Hannah served as a camp counselor at a United Methodist Camp in Central Florida. She spent two very hot summers leading small groups, playing games, and worshiping with hundreds of students of all ages. Hannah’s summers at this camp encouraged her to follow God’s call to work with children and youth in a church setting. During the school year, Hannah was an active member of Gator Wesley, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at UF. There, she served as an intern, helping to coordinate and plan different events.
Hannah recently married her best friend, Oz, and enjoys reading, sweet tea, the color purple, Disney and the smell of lavender. She hopes to one day visit Italy, learn how to embroider, and own a house with a big yard.
Paula King, Director of Music Ministries
I am married with 2 young adult children who have wonderful Christian hearts. My other 2 furry children (a Shih Tzu and a Shih Tzu/Bichon) keep me entertained!
I look forward to serving the John Wesley UMC community through liturgical music and Christian ministry, as the Director of Music Ministries. With your support, I hope to develop a music program that is inclusive of all people and looks forward to building the future of the church.
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Ruth moved to Mashpee from Norton, MA. Prior to John Wesley, she was at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island where she was the Diocesan Administrator. Prior to the Diocese, Ruth worked at the Cathedral of St. John. Ruth has a background in working for non-profits, was an Associate Professor for the New England College of Finance, after earning her MBA from Baker College. After graduating from college, she worked in the insurance industry for almost 25 years beginning as a health claim adjustor and ending as AVP of Underwriting Support for an auto insurance carrier. Ruth’s undergraduate degree is in Theology. Ruth’s daughter and son-in law live “off Cape.” Her favorite place to visit on the Cape is Heritage Museum and Gardens where she can enjoy both flowers and antique cars.
Since 2011, John Loewen has been the dedicated Sexton of John Wesley UMC. Prior to John Wesley, John was the Sexton at the North Falmouth Congregational Church. Before serving the church, John was a Verizon Repairman for over 27 years. John has been happily married for over 42 years and and has two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
John loves going on long walks, gardening and landscaping, going to the beach and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Red Sox and Patriots!
Moriah Leonard, Nursery Attendant
Moriah Leonard is a junior at Falmouth High School! She has two older brothers and has lived in Falmouth her whole life! She has plenty of experience with kids, her mom ran a daycare out of their house until she was 9, she’s been babysitting since she was 12, and she also works every day after school as an assistant in a daycare! She is really great with kids, especially the younger children and is an active member of the John Wesley Youth Group!